Give it Another Go

Up until last year I wouldn’t re-read a book. I had too many books to read and I didn’t want to waste time on books I had already read once.

One of my favorite authors, Kim Harrison, decided to host a read-a-long for her series The Hollows. A new book was coming out and we all needed a refresher course for the series. So, I read along.

That is when I realized how much fun it can be to re-read a novel. Not only do you get to live through the story again, but you find things you didn’t see before and you learn of the things you forgot. In some ways, it’s like reading the story for the first time again.

This read-a-long started a new love. A love for going back and reading books that I loved the first time. Of course, I am now re-reading books that have another book in the series that I didn’t know about or just haven’t gotten to read it yet. If it has been more than a year since I read the first book, chances are I have forgotten some of the more important aspects of the book.

I just recently read Cinder again and loved it. The other night I finished reading The 5th Wave again. I have so many books now that I want to re-read and it’s only adding to my ever growing TBR pile.

There just are not enough hours in the day to get through all the books I want to read. Readers have a hard life…we have to live among the humans, when all we want to do is hide in a book.

Before I would have told you it was a waste of time to re-read a book. Now I will tell you that maybe it’s important to re-read a book. Who knows what you missed. I still haven’t found a book that I could read over and over again. Though, I know that day is coming. I know that I will find my favorite book, it will be the book that stays close in case I just don’t feel like reading anything else.

Tell me, do you re-read books? Do you have a favorite book that you have read more than twice?

Toodles

Disney Book Tag: Part 1 Disney Songs

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Thanks again to Galit over at Coffee n’ Notes for sharing this fun book tag. You can read hers HERE.

I had a lot of fun doing this one. And there will be a part 2. There was another Disney type book tag that I found on Youtube the other day and I will share that one next week. Yay for book tags! I love these things.

Obviously, I am not going to tag anyone…except everyone. If you feel like doing the take, copy and past away my friends! I love seeing answers from others.

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A Whole New World – What is your favorite newest fantasy Series?
I will have to go with Cinder. I love the twist on the fairy tales as well as the future setting.

Part of Your World – What book world would you like to live in?
The world of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Of course, I would like to be a Shadow Hunter or some part of that world, not some ordinary human who can’t see anything. I would love to study under Magnus too. I love Magnus!

Let it Go – What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about?
50 Shades of Grey. Can we please get over it? They are horrible books and I am sure the movie is just as bad. I’m so over it. I can’t believe I still hear about it everywhere I go.

When You Wish Upon a Star – What book or series do you wish you could have more of?
The Hollows by Kim Harrison. Kim Harrison just finished the series last year and is releasing the first novel in a new series this year. But I want more of The Hollows!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – What is the longest book you have read?
This would probably be one of the Harry Potter books. I’m not going to lie, I don’t read a lot of big books. I love them and buy them, I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. The last book of the Mortal Instruments series is pretty thick though and that is on my TBR shelf right now.

Hakuna Matata – What book could you read over and over without a care in the world?
See this is a hard one because I don’t re-read a lot of books. I think right now, if I had to pick one I would pick The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I just finished re-reading it and I kind of already want to re-read it again.

A Spoonful of Sugar – What couple has the sweetest relationship?
I will go back to the Hollows by Kim Harrison for this. Trent and Rachel. I love their relationship. It makes me all giddy inside just thinking about it.

You Got a Friend in Me – Who are the best “best friends?”
Sorry, The Hollows again. Rachel, Ivy, and Jinxs. They are always there for one another no matter what. When one or the other is in trouble they always come running to the rescue.

Zero to Hero – What character wasn’t expected to be a hero?
Yeah, I am stuck on The Hollows now. Trent. He started off as this bad guy that you loved to hate, but you eventually fall in love with him and he joins Rachel (in more ways than one) and ends up helping her save the day.

You’ll Be in My Heart – What character death made you cry the most?
Kisten from the Hollows. Evidently this series has a special place in my heart. Kisten’s death was probably the most gut wrenching character death ever. It broke my heart to see him go, but it did make way for Trent to come into Rachel’s life.

Prompt Challenge 3-3: The Bringer

May Prompt Challenge

I almost didn’t make it this week. I have been so busy with work. But I got it. My original plan was to write a story under 500 words, but I just can’t limit myself. Once I start writing…It just has a mind of it’s own.

Prompt

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3-3 The Bringer

Is it raining again? I should let the dog in, at least that is what I would have done. What I would have done before. Before my life was ripped away from me. I can’t close my eyes, no sleep for me. Stay awake Evelyn, you can’t fall asleep. You can’t let the demons in, you can’t remember.

Every time I close my eyes I can see them, hear their screams, feel their blood between my fingers. All of them gone, even the dog. Why the dog? They could have let me keep the dog. But they had to take everything.

The coffee isn’t working anymore. Too much coffee, too little sleep. I may pass out soon. Maybe if I pass out my brain won’t have any time to remember. Stop it brain, just stop reminding me. I want to let it all go, forget that it ever happened.

We were a family of misfits. My boyfriend, Lucas, and I. His sister, Stacy, and her boyfriend, Tripp. And the dog, Rufus. We got the shaggy dog with blue eyes after we all moved in together. That night we sat around the television, watching a movie that Stacey and I had picked out. It was one of those cheesy Drew Barrymore movies that we love, “Never Been Kissed.” And that is how Rufus got his name.

But none of that matters now. It’s all gone, all over, they are all dead. The worst of it all, it was all my fault. Though, it has never hurt so bad as it does this time. I spent too much time with them, got to close. I felt love, real love. I know what it feels like now, there is no coming back from that.

It had been so easy before. I make them feel safe and loved. That is my job. Then I leave before they are slaughtered. My job is to give them happiness so that they feel it more when it is all taken from them. I wasn’t supposed to grow so attached. My job is simple. I go in, then leave, moving on to my next assignment. I fix their life before the Reapers crush their souls. It makes for a better demon you know. The more tragic their ending is, the strong demons they are. I just help mold them. Make life perfect before the reaper destroys it all.

I wanted to stop it this time. I wanted to keep them. It’s a sign I have grown weak, according to the Reaper. They say once a Bringer grows weak, they are put out of commission. No more assignments. That is what happened to me. I fought so hard to keep them. I loved Lucas so much. His wispy brown hair and spring grass green eyes. I can feel his breath on my cheek, feel his fingers wrapped around mine. I can hear Stacy’s laugh and Tripp playing the piano. Their ghosts fill the air around me. I can even feel Rufus sitting on my feet under the table. They are all around me.

The Reaper said this was my punishment for fighting back. I would never close my eyes without seeing them. I would never live another moment without remembering their voices and the way they felt. They are trying to drive me crazy with the laughter of my family. They have moved on to their training now. Training for the dead. Training for the damaged. Training for the demons. They will be like me, or they will be Reapers. It depends on how damaged their soul was when they died. I will see them again, working the field. If I ever make it back. As I drink my 10th cup of coffee, something tells me I won’t make it back.

I think I have been sitting here for a while now. The bathrobe is now torn and molding. My bunny slippers, the ones that Rufus chewed up, are crawling with bugs, and my coffee has gone cold. It’s still raining. I am still in the torture world for fighting back, for trying to save my family. Soon I will start remembering the life before this one. I will remember the life that made me a demon, a Bringer. That is where they will break my already shattered soul. That is where I will cry and scream and become too broken for either world. That is when they will lock me in the pit with all the other damaged cargo.

I throw my cup of cold coffee against the wall. The wallpaper is rotting, peeling from the wall. The window is so dusty, you can’t see out. I only know it’s raining from the hole in the ceiling. Decades. I have been sitting here for decades, lost in the horror of my slaughtered family. The second family this organization has taken from me.

I am a Bringer. I bring happiness so that the soul is shattered when it’s all taken from them. That is what they trained me to do. But what they taught me is how to bring pain, how to destroy what others love. I will not stand for this any longer. I will not let them continue this. I am a trained fighter, trained with the highest demons in Hell. I know their weakness. I have no more weaknesses. They have taken everything I ever cared about.

I will destroy them. I will release the shattered souls. I will fix them one by one and we will take down Hell. I will get my family back.

They should have let me keep the dog.

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I hope you enjoyed. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Toodles

New Show: Wayward Pines

As I have stated before, my blog is all about the stories! Books, movies, and TV shows…and plays if I can ever afford to go to those. So today I bring you a review of a new show!

This past Thursday on Fox at 9pm a new show aired called Wayward Pines. Even though I have vowed to never watch new shows again…because they cancel all the good ones, I decided I needed to see this one!

This is a mini series and will end after 10 episodes, so at least I know there will be an actual ending I can be somewhat happy with and it stars Matt Dillon

Okay, let me try to go over this quickly without boring you to  death, because the show is not boring.

Ethan Burke wakes up in a strange town after he and his partner are in a car accident. According to the nurse, the only nurse and seeming only other person alive in this hospital, his partner didn’t survive.

He checks himself out of the hospital and finds himself at a bar where he calls his wife and gets free food from the waitress. The next day he returns to the bar but the waitress doesn’t work there, according to the guy sitting at the bar. This is when things start sounding a little off.

Ethan finds one of the people he was sent to find, but the man is no longer alive and was tortured before he died. Ethan makes his way to the police department and lets the sheriff know, who actually doesn’t seem to believe Ethan.

Ethan then finds the other person who he was sent to find. She is alive and well. He follows her home and questions her. According to her, she has been in the town for 12 years, except she has only been missing for a few months.

The lady from the bar shows up again, to save Ethan from the crazy nurse who is prepping Ethan for surgery. Beverly (lady from the bar) tells Ethan she has been in the town for a year, and she found herself there after a wreck in 1999. She seriously thinks it has only been a year, when it has actually been much longer.

So the question is, how can one person think she has been in the town for a year, but has been gone for almost 16 years, and another lady think she has been there for 12 years and has only been missing for a few months? Obviously there is something major going on in this town. But what?

Ethan even makes it to the edge of town to find a fence that goes all the way around the town. Sure, it could be a government experiment, but what kind of experiment can make people think they have been in this town for different lengths of time?

My first impression of this show is…”OMG!! WHAT?!” and “Do I really have to wait a week before I can see more of this?” Yeah, it was pretty good and I love a good mystery.

Did you watch the show? What did you think about it? If you have On Demand with Charter, you can watch the first episode. I am sure there are other places you can watch it as well. But I think if you like a good mystery…you might want to check into this show before it’s gone!

Toodles

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Okay, I haven’t been doing a lot of crafts lately…due to work. I work a lot! Since Monday’s were set aside for my craft corner I decided I need a back up plan when there are no projects going on. So…what are you reading was born!

This is for all of us readers out there who want to share the amazing books we have been reading, or are in the middle of reading. So, tell me, what are you reading and what do you think about it so far?

I am reading two books, that are not part of my reviews for The Reading Bud.

The first one is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I’m not going to lie, I have read this book before. And loved it. There are two reasons I am re-reading this.  1. I hadn’t realized that the second book was out, so of course I bought the second book and needed to read the first again to refresh my memory. 2. OMG!!! They are making this into a movie and Chloe Moretz is playing the main character.

I can not tell you how excited I am for this movie… and how bummed I am it won’t happen until January 2016.

The second book I am reading is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My brother read this, as I have mentioned before. If my brother was able to actually finish it, it must be a good book, because my brother doesn’t read often. And so far, though I am not very far into the novel, it’s really good. I love reading stories where the world is a bit different from the world we live in, but not so different that it’s completely unbelievable. I have high hopes for this book.

And from what I have seen…this book will also be turned into a movie. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Umm…I’m in!

Your turn! What books are you reading at the moment?

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 11

Fitness Sunday

Well…here we are again. Another week down…a new one ready to kick my butt.

The good news, I lost another pound this week. Yay!

Okay, I am starting to realize how big one pound actually is and I am rather happy with myself. But, I am only seeing it on the scale. I want to see it when I look in the mirror or feel it when I put on my clothes. But I also know that I am not working as hard as I could.

I am not logging everything I eat. I am not eating terribly healthy. I am not exercising outside of work. Monday’s are my best days at work because it is truck day and truck day kicks my butt. This week I will not be working truck. I somehow got the day off. Which means I need to find something else to do.

Starting today, actually yesterday, I am cutting out sweets from my diet. Not sugar all together, just things that are loaded with sugar…like candy. I want to take out candy like I did soda’s. I haven’t had a soda in over a year and it was so easy. I just have to do candy the same way. Candy, cakes, cupcakes…all the stuff that I crave so badly. I just have to learn how to avoid the cravings and not give in to them.

My goal for this week is to stay away from overly sweet things, track my food, and get in a little more exercise. I want to start seeing results when I look in the mirror, not just on the scale.

Toodles

Pin-It Saturday: Plot Boards

Pin itAnd it’s back! I know it has been a few weeks since I have done a Pin It Saturday, but I haven’t had a lot of time to go through my pins on Pinterest and when I did, I never found anything worth writing about. Also, I had other things I wanted to say.

As some of you know, I am trying to re-write a few novels. To re-write I am having to re-read what I have already written and figure out how to change a few things. But I was never good at taking notes in school and it seems to still be a true statement. I don’t know why, but my theory is that everything is important so I end up highlighting everything. I can’t help it.

The biggest problem is figuring out how to re-write scenes so that it changes perspective. But I have to map out all the important things before I can really change it around. Does any of this make sense?

I found a blog post on Pinterest talking about plot boards. You can read it HERE. It seems pretty helpful and I think I am going to try to make it work for me. I tried a notebook method, but I got myself all confused. Of course, that is not to say I won’t get confused with the plot board method either, but it’s worth a shot.

I figure I can get a board and start this while I re-read the novel, making notes of the important parts. I may even make a section for favorite quotes.

I keep thinking, with all this work and how much trouble I am having with it, maybe I should just scrap the idea of writing all together. Maybe I just don’t understand it and shouldn’t do it. But then I get sick to my stomach thinking about putting away that dream. I don’t know who I would be without it. It’s just who I am. I am a writer and there is no way around that.

What methods have worked for you when keeping your story straight? I would love to hear what others have used. Maybe this is the part where I have to create my own method.

Also, I saw this really interesting quote on the blog post that I read and really liked it. So I put to my own background, printed it and it snow sitting on my shelf above my desk.

Wrting Quote

Feel free to print it for your own inspiration.

Toodles

Reading in Public

marry him. marry him now.

This is going to be short and sweet. Because it’s Friday and I saw this picture and…well I couldn’t think of anything else anymore so this is where my mind goes.

As most of you know (since I mention it all the time) I am single. Actually, I have been single all of my life, unless you count the two internet relationships I had, which they were so short lived I don’t count them. I have never been on a date, never kissed a boy, never held hands with a boy. Yeah, I am basically Josie from “Never Been Kissed,” only 5 years later after the boy never showed up on the pitchers mound to kiss me. Yeah…that dream sailed long ago.

Sorry, what was I saying?

Oh right. I dream all the time of walking into a bookstore, browsing the books, and grabbing for the same book the same time as the cute guy who has been just as lost in the books as I have. Our gazes lock and it’s love at first sight. I giggle, he hands me the book, and we talk about the author or the book itself. When we leave, we have exchanged numbers and possibly plan on meeting up at a coffee shop for tea…you know, for our first date.

Then it will all spiral from there. On my days off work we are together, either at my house or his. We are either reading, or he is reading (or playing games) while I am working on my novel. We will watch cheesy horror movies together (because that is one of the must haves for my future boyfriend, he has to like horror movies). We will nerd over our favorite fandoms and have Netflix marathons.

And let’s not forget all the time we will spend in bookstores, picking out books and building our perfect library.

And this is probably why I am still single. I dream too much and I am told every day that love doesn’t happen like it does in the movies. But I will hold out until someone comes close to what I am looking for. He has to exist somewhere…right?

Maybe I need to start reading more in public.

Toodles

Would You Rather: Book Nerd Style

Okay, this is evidently going around the blogging world for all of us book nerds and I wanted to jump in on the fun…so thank you Galit for sharing it! Obviously it’s one of those tag post, but no one ever tags me in anything, so I am tagging myself and…well if you want to do it, tag yourself too. We can’t wait around for people to do things for us. We have to take what we want. And that is my life lesson for the day. lol

Moving on.

Would you rather

Read only trilogies or stand alones?
Trilogies. I already do this for the most part. I can’t remember the last time I read a standalone novel. There isn’t many of them anymore because everyone wants to keep the story alive.

Read only female or male authors?
This is a hard one! I have read a great many books by wonderful male authors, but it seems the ones that I love the most are by female authors. And as most you of you know, my all time favorite author is Stephen King….Do I have to pick!? Okay, okay, if I have to pick I would go with male authors. I mean…Stephen King. Not to mention Jim Butcher, Rick Yancey, Jonathan Maberry, and Dean Koontz. FavoriteAuthors

Shop at bookshops or online?
Bookshops all the way! I love going into a book store and browsing. It always feels me with such joy. Also, when you find a book you want to read you can take it home that day and don’t have to wait for it to ship to your house. There is also a bond you have with others in the book store with you. You are all lovers of reading. And I secretly dream of meeting my soul mate in a bookstore one day and bonding over a favorite book. lol

All books become movies or T.V. shows?
T.V. shows! Movies are great, but T.V. shows could really dig into the details of the book and nothing would have to be left out. Also, if it’s a trilogy or series of novels, there is so much to work with for a T.V. Show. Look at Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Both of them deterred away from original story, which is when the shows went down hill, but the first few seasons were fantastic.
TVShowsBookAdaptation**Side note: I hate Nina Dobrev for leaving The Vampire Diaries. UGH!!! Elena and Damon were supposed to be together forever!

Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
5 books a week, no questions. If I could read that many books a week now, I would do it in a heartbeat!

Be a professional reviewer or author?
At this moment…reviewer. I am having some major doubts about my own writing, but I am sure in a week or two I would pick author. I just need to get back to writing.

Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
New ones. This is basically how I read now. I hardly ever re-read a book. I just can’t get excited about them when I know what happens already. That being said, there are some books that I forgot details and will re-read. Like Cinder and The 5th Wave. One I have already re-read and the other is on my TBR pile.

Be a librarian or bookseller?
Bookseller! I would love to have my own book store and book authors to come do signings. I have actually dreamed of my own bookstore for years.

Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
Favorite Genre. I tend to get bored with other genres. Though…I do like a few other genres. As long as there is some kind of fantasy aspect of it, I’m in.

Only read physical books or eBooks?
Physical books. I love holding a real book in my hand. I am not against eBooks and I have read several of them and have more waiting to be read. An eReader is great for so many things, but given the choice I would take a physical book.

There you go. My Would You Rather: Book Nerd Style. So…what are you waiting for? It’s your turn!

Toodles

Prompt Challenge 3-2: The Watcher

May Prompt Challenge

Wait…is it Wednesday again? Why yes, yes it is. I have another story for you! Aren’t you proud of me for keeping these going? Because I sure am proud of me.

Anyways, moving on to this weeks short story!

Prompt

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The sun was starting to set again. At least, it was getting darker. The sky had been crying all day and the sun didn’t make a big appearance, but it was getting harder to see her though the window. She sat there, drinking another cup of coffee…at least I think it’s coffee. She could be one of those classy girls, drinking hot tea. Though, I noted the shake in her hands, so I’m sticking with coffee.

She hadn’t even changed out of her bathrobe today, and those bunny slippers were falling apart. I had only seen them for a few minutes when she had leaned back in the chair, putting her feet on the table. Then she knocked over her cup of coffee and had to clean it up, opting to rest her feet on another chair, instead of the table. I didn’t count that cup of coffee. She didn’t even get a sip of it.

I can see the worry filling her eyes again, but it only last for so long, and it only comes when the sun starts to set. In a few minutes, she will stop caring again. I heard her sigh once, when I was closer to the window. “I don’t care.” Is what she said. Since that night, I had watched her mouth those words at the same time every night. I don’t even think she has taken a bath in a week, the woman must reek by now.

Her name is Summer, at least that is what I call her. She reminds me of summer days when I was a child, back when I was happy. She used to be bright, full of life, full of color. Now, she is a little dull and worn down, but I guess I am to blame for that. She knows I am watching her. It’s all I do is watch her. It might be why she only drinks coffee now. I leave her gifts every day. At first she loved them and would tell her co-workers about her secret admirer. I miss those days.

She doesn’t even go to work anymore. She is afraid to even open her front door. Her gifts have started piling up. I wish she would talk about me again. I wish I could make her smile again. I did everything for her. I even saved her from the creep that was cheating on her. Of course, she was really upset when they found his body. I would have been upset if my lover was found dead next to the person they were cheating on me with. She told people that she was upset about his death, but I know the truth. I know that she was upset that he was unfaithful to her. I know her better than anyone.

Her favorite color is green. Her favorite flower is a lily. Her favorite food is Chinese. Her favorite place in the world is Paris. I will take her there one day, as soon as she comes to terms, as soon as she realizes she is in love with me. Until then, I will just watch her from afar. Wait for her to come to me. No restraining order can keep me away from my Summer, my sunshine, the  love of my life.

She is staring out the window, I wonder if she sees me. Of course she doesn’t see me, the sun is gone now. I am well hidden within the trees. She knows I am here though. Tears always stain her face, I know they are tears of joy, knowing that I am watching over her. She must feel so safe knowing that I will not let anyone harm her. I almost have her. Soon I will wrap her in my arms and hold her close. Soon I will take her to all the places she has wanted to see. How can any girl resist a man who has all the money in the world? She will come to me.

My heart races as I watch her cross through the living room and to the front door. This is it. Finally, she has come to her senses, she is going to come to me. She will confess her love for me. We will be a power couple, the couple the world will want to see. We will be perfect together and we will have a beautiful family.

Her front door opens, and she stands in the door way in her ratty bathrobe and bunny slippers, a cup of coffee in her hands. She steps out on to the small porch, letting the rain touch her skin. She is beautiful. I can see her smile as she stares in my direction. She senses me. She knows me. I know her. I didn’t fallow her everyone for nothing. I am the only man that can make her happy. I am the only man she will ever need in her life again.

“Come to me.” I whisper to her. I know she heard me. Despite the loud rain and the distance between us. I stand tall and straight, waiting for her to cross the road to me. She walks down the steps, her feet soaking up the wet dirt. I am such a fool, I should have gone to her. This is a fragile beautiful creature who should not be out in this kind of weather. I rush out of the forest, across the road and stand in front of her. She steps back onto the porch, her bright blue eyes are wide.

“Why?” Her soft voice falls from her lips. Her bright pink, plump lips. I have always imagined my own lips upon hers. They look so soft. I like my lips and tilt towards her, but her hand on my chest stops me. “Why?” She asks again.

“Because your soul cries out to me.” I tell her, cupping her cheek. She goes to pull away, but I place my free hand on the other side of her face, holding her where she stands.

“I need a soul.” She says, a smile growing wide across her face. Her eyes look straight into mine as they turn solid black. I gasp and try to pull away, but she has grasped the front of my shirt, stopping me from fleeing. “You seem willing enough.” She says to me. I try to run, but my feet are no longer on the ground.

“What are you?” I ask, frantic. Of all my years of watching women, of finding the perfect ones for my collection, none had ever fought back so quickly.

“The demon sent to reap your soul.” She laughs. A haunting laugh that fills the dark night. The only light is from inside the house. A house that I knew so well. A house that I had watched every night for a year, waiting for the right moment to make my move. I was so sure I had her, I was so sure she would be the last of my collection.

“Why me?” I ask. I know that my life is only seconds from ending. There is no going back from this.

“I need you for my collection.” She whispers, right before she bites my throat.

Death is a strange thing. You remember a lot as your life is drained from you. All I can remember are the women of my collection. Their perfect bodies displayed in my basement, waiting for my return. My perfect lonely women that will be alone forever now, because my latest victim was the one hunting me.

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I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to let me know what you think. Soon I will have a page on my blog for you to go and check out all the stories from the prompt challenge!

Toodles